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 By Ian Holyman

Goat halts play in Sudan Premier League

While we regularly hear the likes of Lionel Messi referred to as 'The GOAT' (as in, the Greatest Of All Time) it's not often that his literal counterparts make their presence felt on a football pitch.

However, in what must surely be a world first, an actual goat did manage to bring play to a shuddering halt during the Sudan Premier League match between Al Shorta and Al Hilal Omdurman.

Understandably, both sets of players looked on utterly bemused as the security staff desperately attempted to round up the be-hoofed interloper and remove it from the pitch.

For the record, Al Hilal went onto register a narrow 1-0 victory that moved them to within one point of the top of the table.

Al Shorta were presumably left blaming their scapegoat. Sorry.

Ian is ESPN's French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman

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